February 2008

Rachel's Musical Adventures: GRAMMY news, FREE concert and master class

February 22, 2008 07:02

”American Virtuosa” wins 1/5 of a GRAMMY - congratulations to Producer of the Year Judy Sherman!

What do I mean by 1/5 of a GRAMMY? Well, on February 10, Judy Sherman won Category 96, “Producer of the Year, Classical,” in the 50th GRAMMY Awards. Each Producer of the Year nominee lists five albums as representative of their work for the past year. My CD “American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell” was one of the five albums that Judy listed. It was wonderful to work with her on this special project. Congratulations, Judy!

Congratulations also to Cedille Records for their first ever GRAMMY win – Category 104, “Best Chamber Music Performance,” for eighth blackbird’s album “Strange Imaginary Creatures.”

To learn more about “American Virtuosa,” please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com/mus/mus_12_main.htm.

To read the full list of GRAMMY winners, please visit www.grammy.com/Grammy_Awards/50th_show/list.aspx.

FREE master class in Chicago suburb on Saturday morning

On Saturday, February 23, at 11:00am, I will be giving a master class at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

The master class is free and open to the public.

Three students from MIC’s Academy program will be playing concertos by Sibelius, Prokofiev, and Paganini. The Academy is designed for advanced students with the potential to pursue a career in music. It provides young musicians with a complete musical education at the highest levels of instruction. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some of tomorrow’s most promising young artists!

For more information, please call 847-905-1500 or visit www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.

February 23: One night, three instruments!

Modern violin, baroque violin, and viola d’amore, all on the same evening! This will be a first for me. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of switching from instrument to instrument and sharing all of their voices in the same program. However, I’m a little less enthusiastic about having to tune 22 strings…

On Saturday, February 23, at 7:30pm, I will be performing at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets are still available.

The concert will include Bach’s Sonata in E Major for violin and harpsichord (with David Schrader), Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor and Vivaldi’s Viola d’Amore Concerto in D Major (with Baroque Band), and Brahms’ Piano Quintet (with violinist Sang Mee Lee, violist Marko Dreher, cellist Wendy Warner, and pianist Micah Yui). A post-concert reception will take place in the lobby.

This performance is sponsored by the Music Institute of Chicago’s Patron Society.

For tickets or for more information, please call 847-905-1500 or visit www.musicinstituteofchicago.org.

February 24: FREE performance in southern Wisconsin

On Sunday, February 24, at 1:00pm, I will be participating in a special fundraising event for the Kenosha Orchestra Boosters, a parents organization which supports the public school orchestra program in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Please join me at the Kenosha Women’s Club, 6028 Eighth Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public.

My performance with pianist Matthew Hagle will feature works by African-American composers, some unaccompanied Bach, and Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy.” I will also doing a Q&A with the audience. A portion of the sales of my recordings this afternoon will go towards the Kenosha Orchestra Boosters, and I will be on hand to sign my CDs.

Other features of the Boosters’ “Afternoon Tea” include student performances, refreshments, raffles and a silent auction for 10 individual hand-painted violin plaques. The plaques, donated by Shar Music, were painted and embellished by area artists especially for the auction.

To read about and see photos of the violin plaques, please visit www.kenoshaorchestraboosters.org and www.kenoshanews.com/article_comments/view_comments.php?articleNum=2508954.

other upcoming shows

March 3 - two performances with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Spohr

March 7&8 – Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and the Roque Cordero Violin Concerto with the Dayton Philharmonic in Ohio

March 18 - Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ at the University of Chicago with members of the Vermeer Quartet and cellist Wendy Warner

March 20, 21, 22 - Ravel’s Tzigane and Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne with the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida

March 25 - special concert at the Chicago Cultural Center with violinist/composer Mark O’Connor and Irish fiddler Liz Carroll

March 29 - Dvorak Concerto with the Columbus Symphony in Georgia

For more details, please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com/tourdates.php.

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Rachel's Musical Adventures: Obama on the Arts, lots more

February 4, 2008 17:03

Hi and Happy Belated New Year! There’s so much to catch up on, I’ll have to save some interesting items for the next e-zine so this one doesn’t get too long. I hope you’re staying warm!

Presidential candidates describe their arts policies (or not)

Before going to the voting booth tomorrow, please be sure to visit www.artsactionfund.org/artsvote/001.asp to read the arts policy statements of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Mike Huckabee. (John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul have not submitted arts policy statements.)

Be sure to read both of Barack Obama’s documents – the first one discusses his voting record on the arts, and the second one details his ideas, including:
expanding public/private partnerships between schools and arts organizations,
creating an Artists Corps,
reinvesting in arts education,
supporting increased funding for the NEA,
promoting cultural diplomacy,
attracting foreign talent,
providing health care to artists,
and ensuring tax fairness for artists.

Just added! Me, Mark O’Connor and Liz Carroll together in concert

March 25, 2008: Mark your calendars for a very special evening when I will be joined by two amazing violinists in a benefit concert for the International Music Foundation (www.imfchicago.org). Violinist/fiddler/composer extraordinaire Mark O’Connor (www.markoconnor.com), Irish fiddle great Liz Carroll (www.lizcarroll.com) and I will combine for solos, duets, and trios in beautiful Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. More details about this exciting event will be coming soon.

new YouTube videos

“William Tell Overture by Rossini for Violin and Accordion”
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs Rossini's William Tell Overture with accordionist Rodger French in Ghana's National Theatre for the Ghana@50! Jubilee Music Festival, August 18, 2007

“Rachel Barton Pine performs Perkinson’s Blue/s Forms”
Rachel Barton Pine introduces and performs the first movement (Plain Blues) and second movement (Just Blues) from Blue/s Forms by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004), February 18, 2006

Black History Month videos

In honor of Black History Month, I have created a special playlist on my YouTube channel highlighting the history and repertoire of important violinists and composers of African descent: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still, David Baker, George Bridgetower, and J. Rosamond Johnson. Check it out at www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A55A051443BC5441.

Classical Entertainer of the Year – again!

On January 27, 2008, I was honored to be named Best Classical Entertainer by the 27th Annual Chicago Music Awards. I have previously received this award in 2003, 2004, and 2007. The other nominees were the Chicago Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, James Conlon, and Sir Andrew Davis. “This is the only awards program of its kind in Chicago to pay tribute to Chicago born and bred artists and entertainers," said CMA founder & producer Ephraim Martin. "Reggae, Jazz & Blues, Rap & Hip Hop, Classical, Country & Western and even Polka, we have music for nearly every possible taste." Many thanks to the Chicago Music Awards for celebrating Chicago as one of the greatest music cities in the world, and special thanks to you for voting for me!

Montreal Top 10 – twice!

The classical music critics from both major Montreal newspapers (Christophe Huss from Le Devoir and Claude Gingras from La Presse) each chose my performance of the Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas at the Festival de Musique de Chambre de Montreal in May 2007 as one of the Top Ten Classical Concerts of 2007. Christophe Huss wrote: “Rachel Barton Pine performed these works on the same evening, combining an acute awareness of the Baroque style with a uniquely radiant sound. The American violinist played each of the pieces with ease, without any expressive concession or coquetry, with uprightness, humility and an impeccable sense of pulse and rhythm.” Claude Gingras described the concert as reaching “the highest summits of both technique and inspiration.”

Music for Life Alliance award

In December, the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation (www.rebf.org) received an award for “Making a Difference in the lives of Children Through Music” from the Music for Life Alliance. The plaque states: “In recognition of your outstanding efforts and dedication to supporting music education and supplying instruments for children who may not otherwise experience the joy of making music.” The Music for Life Alliance, a non-for-profit foundation, seeks to unite individuals and organizations actively supporting music education for children who may not otherwise be able to experience the educational, psychological, and social benefits of making music; and to create and maintain a national database that enables the sharing of information, combining of resources, and speaking in a common and more effective voice. For more information, please visit www.musicforlifealliance.com.

Wendy’s online – check it out!

My childhood friend and lifelong chamber music partner, cellist Wendy Warner, launched her web site last week. I hope that you will take a few minutes to visit www.wendywarnercello.com, and be sure to say hi to Wendy when you drop by!

MusicFIRST Coalition fights for artist royalties

The MusicFIRST (Fairness in Radio Starting Today) Coalition has begun the campaign to secure a terrestrial radio performance right for sound recordings. Over-the-air radio stations can play any record on the air without paying the artist who created it. In every other developed country in the world (and domestically on cable, satellite radio and the Internet), artists are compensated for the playing of their records. Currently, royalties collected abroad for airplay of American artists are not shared with those artists since the United States does not have a reciprocal right.

Here is an excerpt from a speech by singer/songwriter Alice Peacock, President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which she gave before the U.S. Senate:

“AM and FM radio—the platforms I grew up with and grew to love—do not compensate me when they broadcast my recordings. There are people more qualified than I to address the legal, historic and economic background of this issue. I'm not an expert in copyright law, but I do understand the concept of basic fairness. If a business uses recorded music to earn advertising revenue, then it should compensate those who created that recorded music. It's that simple.

Now I understand that this concept nearly always turns into a discussion about promotion. Broadcasters say radio promotes record sales, so they shouldn't have to pay a royalty. I just don’t get that. Every performance has the potential to be promotional, but why should that make a difference? I just got back from a gig in Grand Rapids, MI. Imagine if the club owner used the same logic about promotion. What if at the end of the night, after I had filled his club with paying customers, he told me he didn’t have to pay me because my performance helped promote my record sales. Such a scenario would be unacceptable by any standard. Frankly, the promotion argument sounds a little silly. Last week I bought a pair of Nike shoes. I wear them everywhere—well, except to Senate hearings. With the Nike logo on my feet, I am probably promoting their brand wherever I go. Can you imagine if I decided not to pay for the shoes on the grounds that my promoting Nike should excuse me from payment? My refusal to pay would be called "shoplifting." But radio's refusal to pay artists is called "business as usual."”

To learn more about this important issue which affects so many professional musicians, please visit www.musicfirstcoalition.org.

Follow what I’m up to all day long…

Have you ever wondered, “What has Rachel been doing for the last few hours?” Well, now you can find out! Just visit www.twitter.com/rbpviolinist. For example, I just “tweeted” that I’m busy writing my e-zine…

other upcoming shows

February 10 - performance at gala benefit for Keshet, Chicago

February 23 - chamber music concert at the Music Institute of Chicago featuring Bach, Vivaldi, and Brahms

February 24 - special fundraising performance for the Kenosha Orchestra Boosters, Wisconsin (FREE TO THE PUBLIC!)

March 3 - two performances with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City featuring Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Spohr

March 7&8 - Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and the Roque Cordero Violin Concerto with the Dayton Philharmonic in Ohio

For more details, please visit www.rachelbartonpine.com/tourdates.php.

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